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Octopus’s Garden

Everyone’s favorite mermaid, Ariel, kept a curated display of her favorite objects from the land above (on the sands above). She had gadgets and gizmos (aplenty), she had whoozits, and whatsits (galore), she even had twenty thingamabobs. Everyone knows she delighted in using a fork as her very own hairbrush. I guess brushing hair underwater seems like a lesson in futility. What Ariel did not realize is that the colors in her sea-foam world were so much more beautiful than those on soil. I guess the grass is always greener (or the seaweed is always greener in somebody else’s lake).

Karl Lagerfeld, of Chanel fame, dreamed up an underwater wonderland for Paris Fashion Week for Chanel’s Spring 2012 line. The setting was replete with mother-of-pearl stages, seahorses, a tunnel of bubbles, oversized coral, glimmering curtains (mimicking the iridescence of water), and giant shells.

“I absolutely wanted to avoid mermaids and things like that,” Karl said backstage, wearing a seashell pink shirt and matching tie. I was inspired by the movement of seaweed, its lightness, and by certain fish that have very modern shapes, like sting rays.”

When in doubt for a color shame, view photos of the ocean (found on National Geographic or ThundaFunda) in order to re-inspire oneself. The ocean never gets its hue combinations wrong. Steal from the briny depths!

(Here.)

A nautically inspired, wave pattern blanket! Clean blues and whites mimic sailor stripes, but also the colors of the bright sea (Here).

Wall textiles created by Mini Moderns using 1950’s linocutting techniques! (Here.)

Cottage style, beach house. The painted wrought iron bedding is the perfect touch. The colors are drawn from yellow starfish, and gently bay waters.

I did not even choose to include the Hermes scarf in the pricing below because it was something like $410 – $870 dollars. I seriously love their patterns, and if I had money to burn this would be a purchase, however I often find similar patterns in a local vintage shop for $3-12 each

Lake Superior Curtain
$208 – anthropologie.com

Spiny Lobster Rug
$498 – anthropologie.com

Edwardian Knob, Aqua
$10 – anthropologie.com

Molten Spectrum Knob, Aqua Swirls
$8 – anthropologie.com

Parsons Bed in Colors – Room & Board
$699 – roomandboard.com
And in case you want to become extremely literal with this under the ocean theme, here are some finds that include FISHES (I am allowed to use the plural FISHES if I am discussing multiple of several species of fish. GRAMMAR POLICE OVER).

4. Lalique Light Blue Angel Fish Figurine – $99 – neimanmarcus.com

4. Lalique Golden Angel Fish Figurine – $99 – neimanmarcus.com

3. Fish Hotel – $35 – crateandbarrel.com

1. Fishs Eddy Charley Harper Fish And Lily Plate – £15 – liberty.co.uk

1. Fishs Eddy Charley Harper Orange Fish Plate  – £15 – liberty.co.uk

5. Fishs Eddy Charley Harper Little Fish Bowl – £8.95 – liberty.co.uk

6. Rhodes Acid Washed Frame – $42 – artgalleryframes.com /  Fish print from Paper Source (actually wallpaper sold by the roll) and Starfish print found at Shop AD by J. Pocker & Sons, Inc.

7. Giona Aquarium – Fish bowl Transparent by Skitsch – £257 – madeindesign.co.uk
Blue, green, grey, white, or black; smooth, ruffled, or mountainous; that ocean is not silent. – H. P. Lovecraft
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Lip Service

I love to wear a “Marilyn Monroe” red or a stunning, beachy, coral. However, I must admit, it is hard for me to even wear lipstick without getting some on my teeth, or outside my lip lines. My friend Julia once taught me a trick that involves making one’s mouth into an “O” shape and then sticking two fingers in, and out very quickly. It’s extremely embarrassing to perform in public, and sometimes looks vaguely sexual, however it definitely keeps the color from attacking one’s teeth! Thank goodness for the invention of lip stains which stay in place and are my new go-to.

(Image found HERE)

Women in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Indus Valley decorated their lips by crushing semi-precious stones, fish scales, iodine, beetles, and ants. This often resulted in serious illness, adding an additional meaning to the bromide “Beauty is Pain”. In medieval Europe, lipsticks were actually banned by the church as they were considered linked to Satan. Prostitutes, however, were allowed to wear color on lips. The first commercial lipstick had been invented in 1884, by perfumers (such as Guerlain) in Paris, France. Up until 1884, lipstick was crafted at home. Still the lipsticks were considered a “fringe” fashion – reserved for bohemians, prostitutes, and stage actresses. In the United States, The Sears Roebuck catalog (which reached across the Oregon Trail thanks to railroads and the advent of a Rural Free Delivery Postal Service) first offered rouge for lips and cheeks by the late 1890s. This same catalog was also selling opium in the 1890’s, yes…opium.

(Image found HERE.)

(Image found HERE.) <—-tumblr has since died :/

Nowadays, lipstick has lost most of its sinful connotations, but it does still take courage to wear super bright neons. Revlon, MAC, L’Oreal, Avon, Estee Lauder, Clinique, Rimmel, Covergirl – Think of all the endless colors invented to compliment one’s skin shade, seasonal outfits, and outgoing persona! I sometimes believe that lipstick hues are more interesting than paint swatches. Sometimes I wish I could drag my lipstick tube across the wall and begin painting my entire backsplash a bright orange or a fanciful lilac ala Harold and the Purple Crayon.


Images via a MILLION SOURCES that after much searching don’t all quite link back to the original, but I tried!

(CORAL: Lonny Mag Interior Design and here and here and here and here)

(RED: here and here and here and here and J. Crew)

Rivulets Euro Sham
$40 – anthropologie.com

A.P.C. Semiologie Pillow, Zigzag
$30 – anthropologie.com

Robert Abbey Capri #2 Table Lamp
$245 – yliving.com

Marimekko Unikko Red Mug
$20 – crateandbarrel.com

Upward Petals Curtain
$208 – anthropologie.com
SEALED WITH A KISS! SWAK!